Sunday, November 1, 2009

National Novel Writing Month Kickoff!

Welcome to the cool, crisp month of November where autumn's soft kiss becomes cooler in the southern states and snow becomes a fact of life in the norhtern states and writers from all over the United States, Canada and around the world partcipate in NaNoWriMo - the National Novel Writing Month! As we get ready to kick off, the Daily Dose will be hosting a special feature every day this month just for the participants of NaNoWriMo. Check in here for writing advice, writing prompts, encouragement, thoughtful ruminations and more. If you are a NaNoWriMo particpant and you want to share your own thoughts, process or encouragement, drop me a note and I will happily host your blog!

Today is the first day of the 30 day challenge to write your novel's first draft in a month. To reach the 50,000 word goal by the end of the month, you'll need to write at least 1,666 words per day. This is totally doable if you remember three things:

1. Write, don't edit.
2. Sit down and let the story flow, don't pause to go back and make changes, just write.
3. Tell your story.

Each of these things is telling you the same thing, but and this is the key thing here is to not second guess yourself. There will be plenty of time when you go back for the second draft and edits to catch the little things, to smooth the continuity and to answer questions that you may not have addressed in the first. Now, what are you doing here?

Go write!

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